CNN Poll: Is Bush still to blame for economy?
February 6th, 2014
04:01 PM ET
9 years ago

CNN Poll: Is Bush still to blame for economy?

Washington (CNN) - Although nearly two-thirds of Americans still give the nation's economy a thumbs down, the percentage who rate the current economic conditions as good now stands at its highest level in six years, according to a new national poll.

And when it comes to the economic blame game, a CNN/ORC International survey released Thursday also indicates that the percentage of people who still blame former President George W. Bush and the Republicans more than President Barack Obama and the Democrats for the country's economic problems is dropping.

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Thirty-six percent of those questioned rate the current economic conditions as good. That's up four percentage points from December and it is the highest level since January 2008, a year before Obama entered the White House. Sixty-four percent continue to say the economy is in poor shape.

"Economic confidence seems particularly high in the Midwest, which might give an early boost to the Democratic Party's chances of holding on to two key Senate seats in Iowa and Michigan," said CNN Polling Director Keating Holland.

Five years into Obama's presidency, only a third of the public believes that Obama and the Democrats are primarily responsible for the country's current economic problems.

More Americans continue to blame former President Bush and the Republicans.  But the number who say the GOP is more responsible - now at 44% - has dipped below the 50% mark for the first time since Bush left the White House.  Fourteen percent blame both parties equally.

The CNN survey came on the eve of the release by the Labor Department of the January jobs report.

The poll was conducted for CNN by ORC International from Jan. 31-Feb. 2, with 1,010 adults nationwide questioned by telephone. The survey's overall sampling error is plus or minus three percentage points.
CNN Political Editor Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report.

Filed under: CNN/ORC poll • Economy • Polls
soundoff (140 Responses)
  1. MaryLou Michelin

    4 years not 6

    February 6, 2014 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  2. gijo

    Just a Smidgen of an agenda here. CNN, you need to wipe your nose, it has Dem Dung on it!

    February 6, 2014 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  3. enough already

    didnt ask me

    February 6, 2014 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  4. Dennis

    CNN trying to put a positive spin on this report is ridiculous!!! Who are these 36%, probably part of the 1% I bet, because I don't see that anything has changed.

    February 6, 2014 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  5. Mr. Pick

    ... I just took a poll, and thirty-six percent of those questioned rated this current CNN Poll absurd!

    February 6, 2014 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  6. Matt

    This poll is amazing. Just goes to show how many low information voters there are in this country. Labor participation rate the lowest it's been since the 1970's and people are fine with it. Why? Because they are being propped up by free things. Welcome to the New America. It's a place where people are happy to not work as long as they have their new phone and monthly benefits.

    February 6, 2014 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  7. ozzy3_97

    They must have asked and be proud of the people in Panama, Colombia, South Korea and NAFTA..:(

    February 6, 2014 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  8. Nate

    OMG! no!!! Somebody is not listening to the American people! This is a bunch of hogwash!

    February 6, 2014 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  9. Name

    Lib head line:

    Operation a great success!!
    Patient dead but better doing better.

    February 6, 2014 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  10. lcb

    Puts me in mind of a statement – "If it's too good to be true? then it probably is!" and, I agree with the entry by contributor JMorcan ... "Perhaps we'll reach a point where everyone who remembers what a good economy is will be dead. Opinions will be fabulous then!" ... guess it depends on what generation you were born into. CNN just reported that interest on the deficit is due to quadruple – who pays for that?

    February 6, 2014 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  11. Sniffit

    "I never thought Bush was the blame – the first 6 years Bush had things booming"

    LOL! The first 6 years, Bush squandered Clinton's budget surplus while riding a housing bubble created by factors he had nothing to do with other than helping it grow bigger via deregulation and negligent oversight of Wall Street. Grow up.

    February 6, 2014 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  12. knklhead

    Interesting but confusing article .. the one thing that the masses have forgotten (or were ignorant of at the time) is how BAD it looked at the end of Bush's term. It was bad, folks. Does anyone remember? If you are working, you should be happy, and that's the biggest percentage of Americans. But let's do more and better!

    February 6, 2014 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  13. 1375

    Based on the responses here, CNN is libtard central. Everything was Bush's fault and nothing is ever Obama's fault because he doesn't know anything. Now THAT I believe!

    February 6, 2014 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  14. DevilDawg

    Wow! When CNN hires reporters, they are really scraping the bottom of the this report for real? Lets follow this for 1 second. "Paul" decided to write this report one day because his internet gig required a report. He felt good about "this story" sent it up the chain where someone "liked" it and published...and this is what they give US to digest and want to be a reporter when I grow up...hhahah

    February 6, 2014 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  15. Namedave

    Its a Clinton News Network poll... who else are they going to blame. Lol

    February 6, 2014 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  16. iceload

    Bush out us in this hole. And Obama has done nothing to get us out.

    February 6, 2014 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  17. Wow

    Heck of a spin. Thanks CNN!

    February 6, 2014 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  18. Ken

    This just in - 71% of Americans believe they've had a paranormal experience with a ghost, 91% of American believe ESP should exist, 65% believe Ouija Boards are dangerous, 34% believe Humans and Dinosaurs coexisted at the same time, 31% believe we either never went to the moon or the moon landings were a hoax....

    So given this level of beliefs that Americans have and harbor, you're willing to make a big thing out of 6 in 10 think the economy is improving? If anything, the track record of American Beliefs matching to reality is very, very poor. So if 6 in 10 think things are doing well .. odds favor use being royally screwed in the coming year.

    February 6, 2014 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  19. KewlKid

    Really? January was a TERRIBLE jobs report. The economy is still awful. Most polled said they disagree with where we are heading...what a warped headline!!!

    February 6, 2014 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  20. Dennis

    Bush and his 1% friends are to blame

    February 6, 2014 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  21. Liberal

    Even I have to laugh at this biased poll. CNN, you must get out of the business.

    February 6, 2014 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  22. jimmy

    the economy isn't where we all want it, but its a hell of a lot better than it was when Obama took office. Everyone can see the positive impact since Obama took office, and it would be who knows how much better if the Republicans and their new tea party friends hadn't tried to destroy everything good about America. God Bless President Obama.

    February 6, 2014 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  23. D

    And CNN thinks this is good news!?! WOW.............

    February 6, 2014 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  24. Ben

    All Obama has to do is keep convincing people that junk is gold, and polls change. It helps when most of the media takes him at his word with nary a criticism.

    February 6, 2014 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  25. 1375

    Somebody here said obama is a legend. In his own mind maybe. I think libs share one great big single celled brain.

    February 6, 2014 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
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